Now, if your like me, you wake up early, get ready for school, go to school, suffer class after class after class, come home, pass out for 2 hours due to lack of sleep, and then when you wake up you have a nice little bundle of homework smirking, taunting you from across the room. This Rat Race is how most of our lives function. We do so much in our lives, sports, extracurricular activities, jobs, honors and AP classes, or spend hours applying for college we forget that, at the end of the day, we are a bunch of kids who need to slow down and appreciate the gifts god has given us, the wonderful place we are at in our lives, and the little things.
The easiest way to explain this is to use my life as an example. Last summer I decided to quit football to pursue an academic career. I scheduled a meeting with my counselor and worked out the next two years of my life in which I decided that I wanted to graduate high school early with my associates degree. Now, I didn’t know this at the time, but apparently if you try to complete three years of high school and two years of college in two years, it is going to be extremely difficult. Coming back from summer break to the course load of a University of Texas upperclassman and then some I got hit hard. Every night was study night, every day I would come home and sleep for two hours to make up for the three hours I got the night before, every day the quality of my life was degrading more and more. It got to the point where I dreaded my day and had no time for leisure for weeks at a time. I managed, but I knew something was missing. I was trying to balance all aspects of my life ,but slowly as time went on I began to falter. When winter break came around it was like I rediscovered what it was like to be a normal human being.
Quality time with my family, staying active everyday, and just generally being happy in life, was something I hadn’t been used to in months and I realized that if I was going to do this thing I would need to find time in my life to be a kid, to relax, to not stress. When school started the flood of class work began to encroach on me, and I had a choice either to enjoy life a little, or stress myself out to the point where I can’t function daily. Being the perfectionist I am, I trained myself to just let go of responsibilities, worries, and anything inducing stress, and just enjoyed life; Having quality time with family and friends, appreciating the blessings god has given me, and doing pastimes that I find enjoyable helped me to live a normal life. Yes, the mountain of course work always loomed in the distance, but because I took time out of everyday to do things I enjoyed the quality of my life increased in light of the fact that I was so busy. I became a master at managing responsibility and play, getting my work done, but not overworking myself any more than I deemed necessary. This realization helped me to get through the day to day and accomplish my goals with the least amount of stress possible.
If you discover how to appreciate the little graces god puts in your life, like I did, the quality of your life will soar beyond expectations and you can learn how to better manage stress. I see so many individuals physically and mentally drained everyday slugging back against an untouchable opponent called life. These individuals are all A students, star varsity athletes, young entrepreneurs, and average students who have a clear mindset of what they want and are on the path to achieving their goals. Don’t get me wrong, the hard work they put into their dreams is important. Without hard work you could never manifest your dreams or improve in life, but if you working hard, making yourself miserable, your not living. It’s important to be able to pursue your dreams and goals, but if you are spending 24/7 working on school, work, or sports then you’re missing out on one of the most important things of life; The ability to enjoy it! When you’re playing your sport, or studying for your classes, or working your job, remember one thing you’re a teenager! God has made your life free from so much stress that is brought by being a working adult so you can enjoy the innocence of youth.
So after reading this blog I want you take a look at how much stress you have and designate time to relax, detox, and enjoy the little things. How much time do I really need to spend on this? How important is this thing to my overall success? Does the quality of my life need to be good day to day? Ask yourself this and determine how you’re going to achieve personal happiness while enjoying the little things and comment what happened to your life below. Thank you for reading please comment below the little things you appreciate in life and if this article was helpful in any way! Adios.